Matt Weinstock, Nov. 20, 1959
November 20, 2009 | 4:00 pm
This is Big Game Week and I might as well get into the act, too. I suppose it's true -- once a sports writer, you never get over it entirely.
SC and UCLA are being criticized for the way they play football. Also the Rams, who can't win for losing. Everyone's disgusted with them.
The Trojans have a great defense, the hecklers say, but their offense falters. Oh sure they're No. 2 in the nation, but that's because of the wonderful McKeevers. The heck its is. It's because they're strong in all 11 positions.
UCLA, newly come alive, sends the self-appointed experts into despair. The team looks good one game, bad the next. Not only that, it plays the single wing, which the critics call horse and buggy football. I happen to find the single wing a refreshing change from the ubiquitous T system, with all its variations.
AND SO THE HECKLERS say the colleges ought to open up the game. Be more imaginative. Well now, Stanford plays a flashy game. Dick Norman leads the nation in passing, Chris Burford in receiving. The Indians are gamblers. They'll pass on fourth down and four to go in their own territory. And where are they? Nowhere. Mostly because their defense is pitiful.
It could be that the Dodgers did L.A. a disservice in their magnificent drive for the pennant and their World Series victory. Every team here is now expected to be not only victorious but also spectacular. Fans go out to see them win. They can't abide a loser. Contrast this with the Middle West, where 75,000 people will sit in the cold or rain to watch teams which have been beaten repeatedly. But it's their team.
My theory is that college football suffers mostly from the fickleness of the fans and too much undeserved criticism. I like it as it is.
THIS IS to report an incredible, world-shaking event. Tuesday an editor handling a piece of copy wasn't sure how to spell Khrushchev (most people forget the first h) and looked through the day's papers for verification. Mr. K was not mentioned that day in any news story or column.
They are cuddly-
--JOSEPH P. KRENGEL
ONLY IN L.A. -- A semi-private City Hall elevator, used mostly by the brass to get to upstairs from the basement garage, is notoriously temperamental. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. To warn users that it is unreliable it now bears a handsome brass, lighted, permanent sign, "Out of Service" . . . Actress Dodie Drake awakened one night recently hearing strange noises. Thinking someone was trying to break into the house, she called police. The culprits? Avocados falling off a tree and rolling down the roof.
JOHN CORNELL, who keeps tab on the changing L.A. scenery, reports another landmark on N. Broadway, not far from the vacant and mourned Ptomaine Tommy's, has gone out of business. It was a store, notable for its sign, "Dental Equipment Refishishing."
Boss probably went refishishing where they were biting better.
FOR Red Rowe of CBS TV, Halloween was a treat, not trick, night. Pranksters removed a For Sale sign from a nearby lot and stuck it in the front lawn of the new Woodland Hills home into which he was preparing to move. Next day a doctor's wife saw the sign and offered him so much more than he'd paid he couldn't refuse. So Red's house-hunting again.
AT RANDOM -- Harrie Mabie heard a newscaster on KMPC say, "Smoke was noticed by the officer passing through the ventilator."